How to be an optimist

How Optimism Impacts Your Finances


If positive expectations can impact financial markets then it makes sense that having positive expectations about our lives can impact our future.

A study on 232 MBA students who’d recently graduated and were looking for jobs, found that students with greater dispositional optimism, were more selective in their job search and experienced better job search outcomes than students with similar skills.

The study found that even though optimists spend less time searching for jobs they’re offered jobs faster than others and are also most likely to be promoted.


The Power of Positive Thinking


A Japanese Researcher, Masaru Emoto, was interested in understanding the power that our thoughts and emotions have on our environment.

In one of his experiments he took water from a polluted dam in Japan and examined it under a microscope and naturally he found it to be dark, dirty and lifeless.

He then took the same water and asked a Buddhist monk to pray for that water for an hour, when he re-examined the water it had changed its structure and colour - it was clean and looked like crystals.

This is the power of your thoughts and your emotions on your environment. Including your finances.



How To Be An Optimist


We see the world as we are not, as it truly is.

We project our fears and hopes onto the people in our lives.

It’s not enough to just recite positive affirmations and visualize - we have to question our negative beliefs and truly believe in the best within others and ourselves.

Martin Seligman claims that optimism can be learned in the same way that you learn to read or do math.

Learning optimism requires you to change your thinking to be more positive.


1. Remain present


Pessimism comes from over thinking the future and most times getting so lost in the “bad" future that you start to create it. The best solution is to remain present and focus on what’s happening in the here and now.

If you think you won’t make a deadline at work, your behaviour changes, you panic, feel demotivated and your productivity drops which makes you miss the deadline.


2. Care enough about how you feel


When you care enough about how you feel, it becomes easier for you to shift your focus and control your thoughts so you think about things that make you more optimistic. Become self-aware and start to choose your emotions.


3. Associate with people who think positive

Thoughts have a vibrational frequency and can be “absorbed” by others. Surrounding yourself with optimists increases your chances of being an optimist.

Napolean Hill said if you want to be rich, you need to associate with people who are rich; the same can be said about optimism. If you want to be an optimist associate with optimists!


4. Don’t allow negativity to fester


Clear up negative situations as they arise at work. Don’t allow people in your life to walk away feeling pessimistic about your relationship because that pessimism will ruin the relationship.


How does your optimism or pessimism impact your finances?

How do you remain optimistic?

How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

Get out of your own way

Everything in my life started coming together and making sense when I learned to get out of my own way and let life unfold naturally with ease. 

A breakthrough happens when you surrender to the journey and stop sabotaging your own success.


How To Get Out Of Your Own Way


1. Determine who or what you want to be


The first step is to determine who you want to be (forget the voice that tells you it’s impossible) and then see where you actually are and determine what actions you need to take to be that person.


2. Change your thinking


Actions are influenced by our underlying beliefs.

My breakthrough came the day I realized that I didn’t want to be a writer because I didn’t believe that what I thought was important or original.

This thought demotivated me and discouraged me from writing.

Changing my thinking, changed the way I saw myself.


3. Find your own truth


It’s easy to believe our thoughts about ourselves, no matter how painful they are.

If you can find just one thing to disprove the beliefs you have about yourself, then you can change your self-perception.

For a thought to be true, it has to be true every time in every situation.

Suppose you believe you aren’t good with money.

You can easily prove this thought to be false if you can find moments in your life when you've managed money well.


4. What do you have to believe to be the person you want to be?


Faith is a powerful thing. Believing in a God or an idea can give us strength but the most powerful thing is to believe in ourselves.

What do you need to believe about yourself to be the person you want to be?

When I decided to be a writer I had to change my thinking and believe that my thoughts were important and that what I had to say mattered to someone somewhere.


5. Reinforce your positive beliefs


Our beliefs are deeply embedded and it takes a while to get rid of them.

You have to have a strategy to keep reinforcing positive beliefs about yourself and your situation to break through.

I reinforce my positive beliefs about myself and my abilities by writing down all the good things that happen to me every day and celebrating major milestones.

This helps when I’m going through a major bout of self-doubt.

I leave you with a quote by Steve Carlton, “You’ve gotta find a way to get out of your own way, so you can progress in life.”


How do you stand in your own way?

Let me know in the comments section.